The minimum satisfactory attendance as set by the Government is 96%.
Absences soon add up, 80% attendance is the same as having 1 day off a week.
Any child with below 90% attendance, regardless of the reason for the absence is considered to be a persistent absentee. Persistent absentees are less likely to achieve their full potential and may be referred to the Education Welfare Officer.
Holidays and Avoidable Absences in Term Time.
Be on time!
If your child is 15 minutes late every day, it will add up to 2 weeks of the school year being missed!
8.45am – Doors Open
9:00am – School Starts
9.10am – Arriving after this time will result in your child getting an unauthorised late mark
Please remember, if your child is not going to be in school, you MUST let the office know by 9.00am. If contact with the office has not been made by 9.30am and a valid reason given, your child’s absence will go down as UNAUTHORISED.
Why attendance is important
Requesting an Absence from School
Schools are only allowed by law, to authorise non-medical absences if requested in advance by a parent with whom the pupil normally resides. A school can only authorise such a request if they are satisfied that there are “exceptional circumstances” which apply. However, even if there are exceptional circumstances, schools can still consider any other relevant factors such as previous attendance rates; the ability of the pupil to catch-up on missed work; the wider impact of missing the specified period of time.
Devon County Council’s advice is that schools must be extremely cautious about approving such requests if the pupil’s education is likely to be significantly impacted upon.
If you would like to request an absence from school please ask for an S2 form from the School Office.
Will my absence request be authorised?